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Can you go back to your ex-spouse after a divorce?

Yes, there is no law (I know of in any jurisdiction of which I am aware, but check in your jurisdiction to be sure) against a divorced couple resuming a romantic relationship or from remarrying. 

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Does a common law marriage automatically apply?

Does a common law marriage automatically apply if a couple is living together for a certain amount of years?

No, at least not in the jurisdiction where I practice divorce and family law (Utah).

Here is what must be proven (or stipulated between the litigating parties) under Utah law to establish a common law marriage (a marriage “not solemnized” means a marriage that is not formally/officially performed by one authorized to perform marriage ceremonies (like a religious leader authorized to perform the religious rite of marriage or judge who is authorized to perform a civil wedding ceremony):

30-1-4.5. Validity of marriage not solemnized.

(1) A marriage which is not solemnized according to this chapter shall be legal and valid if a court or administrative order establishes that it arises out of a contract between a man and a woman who:

(a) are of legal age and capable of giving consent;

(b) are legally capable of entering a solemnized marriage under the provisions of this chapter;

(c) have cohabited;

(d) mutually assume marital rights, duties, and obligations; and

(e) who hold themselves out as and have acquired a uniform and general reputation as husband and wife.

(2) The determination or establishment of a marriage under this section shall occur during the relationship described in Subsection (1), or within one year following the termination of that relationship. Evidence of a marriage recognizable under this section may be manifested in any form, and may be proved under the same general rules of evidence as facts in other cases.

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In your marriage, how did you decide which jobs each of you would be responsible for?

In your marriage, how did you decide which jobs each of you would be responsible for?

  1. We know that we’re a team and need to work together to succeed as a couple and family. Knowing that helps motivate us to do the hard work, even when we may not always want to do it.
  2. We try to play to our strengths and interests as much as we can when assigning various roles. No reason for one of us to see a job as misery when the other one is better at it and/or happy to do it.
  3. From the beginning (even before we were married) we decided to follow our religion’s advice as to what the roles of a husband and wife should be. I know that sounds quaint, even bad to some people. It’s not. Eternal principles are an anchor and a sure guide. They work regardless of changes in the times and regardless of the unique qualities of each individual marriage. “No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for these are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history.” (Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968), pp. 35–36)

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